New Books

24 July, 2019

ISHTAR’S LEGACY, Rachel Sullivan

 “Strong characters. Smart writing. The most fun I’ve had between the pages in a long time! Pudelek is not to be missed!” – New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins ★★★★★

The powerful conclusion to Rachel Sullivan’s action-packed WILD WOMEN trilogy that started with FREYJA’S DAUGHTER and continued with LILITH’S CHILDREN!

Only two Hunter complexes remain in the way of Faline Frey and freedom for all American Wild Women. That is, until harpy Eonza makes a grave mistake in her quest to become pregnant and risks outing her people to the world.

As leaders from Wild Women groups in other countries get wind of the potential exposure, they send their ambassadors to assess the situation. What they find is defected Hunters—the men who have been oppressing Wild Women for decades—helping Wilds.

When Faline aligned with an ex-Hunter, her coterie took it badly. But these foreign Wilds make that look like a walk in the forest. They are ready to declare war on their American sisters for turning against their own kind and helping Hunters. But Faline has an even bigger foe on her tail.

Locked up and staring into the eyes of her worst enemy—the man who took her mother—she realizes just how much she has to lose and the truth behind the years shrouded in mystery.

She has one shot to take freedom for herself and every other Wild Woman. But can she succeed with her hands literally tied behind her back?

 


25 June, 2019

UP IN ARMS, John Temple

“IT’S TIME! They have my cattle and now they have one of my boys. Range War begins tomorrow at Bundy Ranch.

These words, pounded out on a laptop at Cliven Bundy’s besieged Nevada ranch on April 6, 2014, ignited a new American revolution. Across the country, a certain type of citizen snapped to attention: This was the flashpoint they’d been waiting for, a chance to help a fellow American stand up to a tyrannical and corrupt federal government.

Up in Arms chronicles how an isolated clan of desert-dwelling Mormons became the guiding light—and then the outright leaders—of America’s Patriot movement. The nation was riveted in 2014 when hundreds of Bundy supporters, many of them armed, forced federal agents to abandon a court-ordered cattle roundup. Then in 2016, Ammon Bundy, one of Cliven’s 13 children, led a 41-day armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Those events and the subsequent shootings, arrests, and trials captured headlines, but they’re just part of a story that has never been fully told. John Temple, award-winning journalist and author of American Pain, gives readers an unprecedented and objective look at the real people and families at the heart of these highly publicized standoffs. Up in Arms offers a propulsive narrative populated by rifle-toting cowboys, apocalyptic militiamen, undercover infiltrators, and the devout and charismatic Bundys themselves.

Neither mainstream nor conservative media outlets have contextualized the religious, political, environmental, and economic factors that set the stage for these events. Up in Arms provides a framework for understanding this diverse collection of American rebels who believe government overreach justifies the taking up of arms.

“If you want to understand the extremist militia groups popping up around the country lately, you need to start with Nevada’s notorious Bundy clan. Temple shines a light on the people as well as the religious, political and economic factors that gave rise to this dangerous movement.”

John Temple is an investigative journalist and the author of American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic, which was named a New York Post “Favorite Book of 2015” and a 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee for Fact Crime. Temple wrote two previous nonfiction books: The Last Lawyer: The Fight to Save Death Row Inmates and Deadhouse: Life in a Coroner’s Office. The American Society of Legal Writers awarded The Last Lawyer the 2010 Scribes Book Award. Temple is a tenured journalism professor at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media. Before academia, Temple worked as a newspaper reporter in Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Florida.

The Revelator

“A tale of the modern American frontier, told by one of our great independent journalists.”

—Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

“With Up in Arms, John Temple delivers another fierce and searching portrait of an American subculture. His last book, American Pain, opened up the vault on painkiller pill mills, delivering a prescient harbinger of the opioid crisis. Now, his new and piercing look at the Bundy clan and the wider Patriot militia culture is a must-read for anyone trying to understand the continuing schism between rural and urban America.”

—Anthony Swofford, New York Times bestselling author of Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

“John Temple’s depth of reporting is nothing short of remarkable. Reading Up in Arms, I was truly immersed, as if I was witnessing the bizarre series of events unfolding in real time. Most Americans only experienced a fraction of the saga through mass media’s parachute journalism. Temple’s in-depth approach propels you into the unbelievable story with extraordinary details, characters, history, and riveting scenes.”

—Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Academy Award–nominated documentary filmmaker of Heroin(e)


30 April, 2019

THE BIG BOTTOM BISCUIT: Specialty Biscuits and Spreads from Sonoma’s Big Bottom Market, Michael Volpatt

In the heart of wine country, Big Bottom Market has perfected and elevated the humble biscuit with a decidedly California twist.
 

The Big Bottom Biscuit: Specialty Biscuits and Spreads from Sonoma’s Big Bottom Market brings the experience of dining at the market to everyone who can’t make it to Sonoma. In 2016, the Big Bottom Market biscuit mix and honey was heralded as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things– and with good reason! Volpatt’s passion for this simple food showcases its versatility in easy to prepare, accessible recipes. Try any of the following:

  • Egg in a Biscuit: the classic!
  • Sea Biscuit: with smoked salmon, crème fraiche, pickled onions, and capers
  • Sweet biscuits like Chocolate Bacon and Apple Pie

Volpatt’s charming recipes will delight all tastes. The cookbook also includes butters, jams, and spreads, as well as savory embellishments. The voice is accessible and light, and will appeal to Californians, Southerners, Yankees, and just about anyone who can’t resist a piping-hot biscuit.

Michael Volpatt has worked in PR for tech companies and startups, but his true passion is cooking. Since opening the Big Bottom Market in Guerneville, CA in 2011, he has worked tirelessly to expand their reach, selling Big Bottom Biscuits in other shops and restaurants across the country. This is the first book for Big Bottom Market, which is a popular tourist destination in Sonoma County. Michael lives in Guerneville, CA.


3 April, 2019

THE SCANDALOUS SUFFRAGETTE, Eliza Redgold

 


From the author of Naked, Enticing Benedict Cole and Playing the Duke’s Mistress comes a new historical romance.

Can she fight for freedom and for love?

When chocolate heiress Violet Coombes is caught hanging her suffragette banner in a most shocking place, Adam Beaufort, Esquire, proposes a marriage of convenience! His good name will avert scandal for her family, and her money will save the estate Adam’s father gambled away. Violet accepts, but she’s determined nothing will distract her from the Cause—including her oh-so-tempting husband!

“This is a Harlequin Romance that breaks the mould — deeply embedded in the art world of Victorian London, well-researched, beautifully romantic, and threaded together with poetry and paint. Highly recommended”

— Goodreads on Enticing Benedict Cole

“Impressive Harlequin debut. Eliza Redgold has a talent”

— Goodreads on Enticing Benedict Cole

Eliza Redgold is an author and ‘romantic academic’. Her natural pen name is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of her name, Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. English folklore has it that if you help a fairy, you will be rewarded with red gold. She writes fiction as Eliza Redgold and non-fiction as Elizabeth Reid Boyd. She is represented by Joelle Delbourgo Associates US.

Eliza Redgold’s bestselling historical and romance fiction includes her Ladies of Legend trilogy, starting with ‘Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva’ released internationally by St Martin’s Press New York. Her historical romances including ‘Enticing Benedict Cole’ and WH Smith Historical Romance bestseller ‘Playing the Duke’s Mistress’, are published by Harlequin Historical, London (Harper Collins) and translated internationally. ‘The Scandalous Suffragette’ is published by Harlequin Historical London as well (March 2019).

Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd is author of the Spiritual Aristocracy series that includes ‘INSPIRITRIX: The Complete Spiritual Aristocracy Sourcebook’ and three individual handbooks, ‘The Real Princess’, ‘The Queen of the Castle’ and ‘Lady Love’. They offer women a fun and accessible way to discover their Aristocratic Archetypes, a Princess, Queen or Lady, and harness their inner wisdom with centuries-old female lore.

‘The Secrets of Mindful Beauty’ by Elizabeth Reid Boyd and Jessica Moncrieff-Boyd (Skyhorse, New York) provides women with mind-body techniques in mindfulness and self-care that will change how you look and how you feel. ‘The Secrets of Mindful Beauty’ hit number one on Amazon in both Health/Beauty and Mindfulness categories concurrently.

Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd has presented academic papers on women and romance. She has written for The Guardian (UK), The Conversation and is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction.

WEBSITE: http://elizaredgold.com/
GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7086012.Eliza_Redgold
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ElizaRedgoldAuthor
TWITTER: @ElizaRedgold


26 March, 2019

RIDERS OF THE REALM #2: THROUGH THE UNTAMED SKY, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

The second book in a thrilling fantasy adventure trilogy that SLJ called “perfect for fans of Erin Hunter’s Warriors series,” from the author of the Guardian Herd series.

After winning the wild Pegasus mare named Echofrost in a contest, Rahkki Stormrunner is officially a rider in the Sky Guard army. Rahkki is terrified of heights though, and Echofrost doesn’t want to be tamed. But with Echofrost’s herd captured by the giants and a fierce battle on the horizon, the duo will have to conquer their fears if they want to fly with the army and free the herd.

Meanwhile, back in his village, Rahkki learns of a growing rebellion to overthrow Queen Lilliam. Unfortunately, she suspects Rahkki’s behind it, and she places him under intense watch.

As Rahkki and Echofrost escape to Mount Crim to save Storm Herd, Rahkki worries that the greatest danger may not come from the impending battle against the giants, but from within his own clan.


19 March, 2019

LIVING WITH A GREEN HEART, Gay Browne

“If you want one of the shortest, fastest routes to getting toxic chemicals out of your life, get behind the wheel of Gay Browne’s Living with a Green Heart and you’ll get there in no time flat.”
—Ken Cook, President, Environmental Working Group

In an increasingly toxic world, the paths to environmental health and personal well-being run parallel. The journey begins with a few small steps.
Is the damage we’re doing to our planet literally leaving you sick, sore, and gasping for air? Want to take back our inalienable rights to clean air, clean water, and healthy food? In this quietly revolutionary book, LIVING WITH A GREEN HEART: How to Keep Your Body, Your Home, and the Planet Healthy in a Toxic World (Kensington, March 2019) environmental pioneer and founder of Greenopia, Gay Browne, shares a roadmap for making incremental changes that will not only transform your life, but heal the world we share.

From the home to the office, from the foods we eat to the clothes we wear, here are actions you can take today that will improve your Personal Environmental Health, and help you stop feeling overwhelmed, reduce illness, improve sleep, mood, and focus, and start making a difference, including:

*Make conscious choices when shopping, and support companies with good environmental stewardship and healthy products.

*Test your water for harmful chemicals, install an affordable water filtration system, and reduce your water use by utilizing water more efficiently.

*Work with your doctor to create a personal plan for detoxing your body.

*Use only non-toxic and organic household products, and choose organic, eco-friendly fabrics made by sustainable and fair trade certified companies.

*Choose the method of transportation that makes the lightest carbon footprint.

With these and many other actions, Gay Browne’s work has taught her that even the smallest change for the better, faithfully practiced, can have an immense positive impact on our minds, bodies, and spirits—not to mention the planet.

Gay Browne is the world’s first and only personal environmental therapist and is the founder of Greenopia, a company dedicated to achieving personal and community environmental health through small and large habit and behavioral adjustments. Greenopia is a comprehensive bestselling series of city by city guidebooks listing local eco-friendly resources. Greenopia Los Angeles was a Los Angeles Timesbestseller.

In 1994, even before the U.S. Green Building Council established the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines for environmental building verification, Gay set out to create what she calls “an optimal personal environmental health space.” She began designing and constructing the first completely environmentally responsible home of its kind. Once completed, it was featured on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Home Section.


5 March, 2019

OTHERWISE ENGAGED, Lindsey J. Palmer

“Perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Elin Hilderbrand.” –Library Journal

“An excellent read, best enjoyed with a good glass of wine.” –Booklist

“Fun and consistently satisfying.” –Publishers Weekly

Life is sweet for New Yorkers Molly and Gabe: They’re young, in love, and newly engaged.But when Gabe sells his first novel–a thinly-veiled retelling of his wild love affair with ex-girlfriend Talia–and it becomes a national sensation, Molly can’t help but feel like the third wheel. To make matters worse, Talia reappears in Gabe’s life, eager to capitalize on the book’s success and to rekindle what she had with Gabe… at least, that’s how it seems to Molly. But even more concerning? Gabe doesn’t seem concerned at all. Instead, he’s delighting in his newfound fame and success.

Jealous, paranoid, and increasingly desperate, Molly starts to spin out of control. Her social life, work life, and love life all go to pieces. As fact and fiction, and past and present, begin to blur, Molly realizes the only way out of this downward spiral is to fight her way back up. But what–if anything–will be left of her life and her relationship when she arrives?

Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Jennifer Weiner, OTHERWISE ENGAGED (Skyhorse, February 2019)n explores the life we seek when the life we have… suddenly goes down the drain.

Lindsey J. Palmer worked as Features Editor at Self and previously at Redbook and Glamour before turning to fiction. Her novels, Pretty in Ink and If We Lived Here were both published by Kensington. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she earned a Master of the Arts in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and taught high school English.  Nowadays, she’s a scriptwriter at BrainPOP, an animated educational site for kids. Lindsey lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and daughter. Visit her at lindseyjpalmer.com and facebook.com/lindseyjpalmerauthor.

 

 

 

 

 


12 February, 2019

LILITH’S CHILDREN (Wild Women #2), Rachel Pudelek

The battle raging between the Wild Women of Seattle and the Hunters has sparked a war. But will either side survive the new threat that lurks in the shadows?

Hunters are doubling down their efforts, putting Faline’s coterie on the run. But war waits for no woman, especially not a fugitive…

Faline’s plans for a surprise attack on an east coast Hunter complex hit a snag when succubi leader Marie calls in a favor and Faline has no choice but to answer.

What Faline uncovers is a hidden Portland underground and an elaborate scheme dripping with Marie’s cunning manipulation. Only, Marie isn’t the puppet-master and neither are the Hunters.

Something darker lurks under the city of Portland—and his appetite is unlikely to be satiated by words alone.

That hunger is growing…

But Marcus and his renegade friends would rather see it slit with their daggers than quenched.

Between old enemies and potential new, danger lives in every shadow, threatening not only Faline’s coterie this time, but everything she knows about her world.

And when their biggest allies in the war against the Hunters are captured, the Wild Women are left scrambling for support in the unlikeliest of places.

“Strong characters. Smart writing. The most fun I’ve had between the pages in a long time! Pudelek is not to be missed!” – New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins ★★★★★


31 January, 2019

PURPOSE AND A PAYCHECK, Chris Farrell

Purpose and a Paycheck tells the compelling story of how a growing movement of older entrepreneurs and part-time workers are creating a stronger and more vibrant economy.

Whether you’re a corporate executive, business owner, policymaker, or moving into the later season of your career, the stakes for America’s aging population are high. People 65 and older will account for 20 percent of the population in 2030, up from 13 percent in 2000. Many prognosticators blame the aging population for the stagnating economy, citing that as more and more people retire, they will stop working as relatively fewer working people have to support growing numbers of dependent elderly. Purpose and a Paycheck (Harper Leadership, Feb 2019) debunks this line of thought by showing how a growing movement of elderly entrepreneurs and part time workers are creating conditions for a stronger and more vibrant economy.

Growing numbers of Americans are no longer retiring in the traditional sense. The numbers are striking and largely unappreciated. The labor force participation rate of men 60 years and over has risen nearly one-third from a low of 26 percent in 1996 to 35 percent in 2014. The comparable rate for women is from 15 percent to 25 percent. Even more impressive, 25.5 percent of new business ventures in 2016 were started by the 55-to-64-year-old age group, up from 14.8 percent in 1996. People in their 50s and 60s are launching new businesses at nearly twice the rate of people in their 20s.

America’s aging society and workforce is redefining work for all generations and is among the most significant long-term forces shaping the U.S. economy and society, alongside globalization, automation and climate change. Instead of an economic dead weight, America’s aging population holds the promise of getting back the economy mojo. Reframing aging will result in faster rates of economic growth and higher living standards for all of us in addition to a more fulfilling and financially secure second half of life for our aging population.

Chris Farrell is considered a leading expert on the trend toward working longer in the second half of life. He writes a biweekly column for Next Avenue, an online PBS magazine for the 50+ demographic, and hosts a Minnesota Public Radio program, Conversations on the Creative Economy, which is now entering its fifth season. He speaks across the country on the topic of unretirement.  Follow him on Twitter: @cfarrellecon


21 January, 2019

GOLDEN STATE, Ben H. Winters

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling novelist Ben H. Winters comes a mind-bending novel set in a world governed by absolute truth, where lies are as dangerous as murder. (Mulholland/Little Brown, January 2019; Random House UK)

 
In a strange alternate society that values law and truth above all else, Laszlo Ratesic is a nineteen-year veteran of the Speculative Service. He lives in the Golden State, a nation standing where California once did, a place where like-minded Americans retreated after the erosion of truth and the spread of lies made public life and governance impossible.
In the Golden State, knowingly contradicting the truth is the greatest crime–and stopping those crimes is Laz’s job. In its service, he is one of the few individuals permitted to harbor untruths, to “speculate” on what might have happened.
But the Golden State is less a paradise than its name might suggest. To monitor, verify, and enforce the truth requires a veritable panopticon of surveillance and recording. And when those in control of the facts twist them for nefarious means, the Speculators are the only ones with the power to fight back.
Reviews:

Winters has a knack for creating appealing detective fictions that skew reality in thought-provoking ways, producing a hybrid of the familiar and the uncanny. His Last Policeman Trilogy (2012-2014) took place in New Hampshire in the months preceding Earth’s collision with an asteroid. “Underground Airlines,” published in 2016, posited a United States in which the Civil War never took place and where slavery is still legal in four states. At their best, these novels approach the mind-expanding counterfactuals and dystopias created by Philip K. Dick, George Orwell and Michael Chabon. As you read them, you feel your perception of the world slipping and warping.”  —Washington Post

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